Francesca

is creating an ebook of The Princess and the Dragon

5

patrons

$9

per month
Hi! I'm Francesca. How would you like to become a patron of your favourite writer and her ridiculously-titled book? By ‘favourite writer', I mean me. By ‘ridiculously-titled book’ I mean THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES, otherwise known as dragonnovel.
Although I was hoping to traditionally publish my children’s book THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (now do you see why I’ve been calling it dragonnovel), the agents I pitched to weren’t interested (to be fair to them, it needed another couple of rounds of edits which I've since undertaken and dude, it's looking good).

I spent multiple hours of my life on this book, it passes the Bechdel Test and it’s funny and HAS AN ACTUAL DRAGON as well as metaphorical dragons and also there’s quite a lot of magic and a dog called Bean, so I think it deserves to see the light of day. 10-year-old Francesca would have loved reading this book. 23-year-old Francesca loved writing this book. It shouldn’t just sit in a Word document collecting computer dust.

So we're going to DIY this thing, and turn THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES into an ebook and, hopefully, a printed book. I want to do it properly, with ISBNs and a decent cover and a professional proofreader. There’s no reason that ‘self published’ needs to mean ‘shittily published’. I want to commission illustrations from my favourite artists and pay them for it. I want to send copies to those charities that distribute books to disadvantaged children. I want to look back when I’m 106 and say, ‘that was a professional job you did there’.

How we’re doing it:

Between March 2019 and January 2020, I’m sharing a chapter per fortnight from THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES right here, for patrons of all tiers (you can find the chapters on the dragonnovel 2.0 tag).Meanwhile, everyone (yep. you) can read the preface and first three chapters here.

The plan is to have enough money in the bank by the time I’ve finished sharing the book with patrons that I can get an ebook made. There might even be enough money for a print copy, but that’s a stretch goal (see the Goals bit of this page).

As you can see from the Goals, it’s going to take quite a bit of money and time to create an ebook. This is because a) you get what you pay for when buying printing services on the Internet and b) I need money for my actual life as well as this book, so I can do my day jobs less and write the next book sooner (I'm a marketing consultant by day. I charge clients above the living wage but #costofliving).

A Breakdown of Where Your Money Goes
20% Patreon and payout processing fees plus costs associated with creating rewards
40% The Bank of Francesca
40% The fundraising pool for an ebook and print edition of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES

You can read a more detailed breakdown, plus FAQs about how Patreon works, on my website. I also wrote a post on my blog with some more info about the process.

All patrons who pledge for at least one month between now and January 2020 get:

Your name in the thank yous of the ebook of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (and of any print copies if they happen!) plus behind the scenes updates and a bunch of exclusives via Patreon
Early access my short stories
A character named after you in one of my short stories and/or a bigger project
Exclusive pre-order links and/or info for the ebook and any print editions of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (hopefully with cool extras like signed copies, any merch and even a lil discount for you lovely lot). Please note this will be dependent on actually reaching funding goals!

Let's do this thing.

Want to keep up with book progress outside of Patreon? Read my blog (then click the 80 million links to my ridiculous number of social media channels).

Tiers
A cup of tea
$1 or more per month

You'll get:

  • Exclusive fortnightly chapters of 'The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes' (dragonnovel) straight to your inbox
  • Your name in the thank yous of dragonnovel when it's published
  • Early access to short stories
  • Behind the scenes updates for dragonnovel, plus extra content
  •  I'll name a character after you (first name and/or last name and/or psuedonym, your choice) 
  • You'll also get other cool shit that's too long for this post
Tea and Biscuits
$3 or more per month

You'll get: 

  • An ebook/PDF of dragonnovel when it's published (at the very least, it's gonna be a PDF)
  • All lower tier rewards too
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!
Afternoon Tea
$5 or more per month only 23 left

 You'll get: 

  • A lil letter, card or postcard from me every month 
  • All lower tier rewards too
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!
Afternoon Tea with Cocktails
$12 or more per month only 25 left

You'll get: 

  • After 2 months: a cute, patron-exclusive bookmark (one bookmark per year, I'm not made of bookmarks) with your monthly letter
  • After 6 months: a set of my cute, patron-exclusive THANKS FOR UR CASH pencils (one set of 3 pencils per year, I'm not made of pencils) with your monthly letter
  • All lower tier rewards too
  • *No, I will not be giving out actual alcohol
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!
Goals
$9 of $30 per month
At $30 a month, I can pay my proofreader more frequently, ensuring we're several chapters ahead of publication. We might even get another piece of artwork from an indie artist...
*Exact numbers are a bit of an estimation due to currency conversions/Brexit uncertainty in the supply chain, I'll update it as we go.
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Hi! I'm Francesca. How would you like to become a patron of your favourite writer and her ridiculously-titled book? By ‘favourite writer', I mean me. By ‘ridiculously-titled book’ I mean THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES, otherwise known as dragonnovel.
Although I was hoping to traditionally publish my children’s book THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (now do you see why I’ve been calling it dragonnovel), the agents I pitched to weren’t interested (to be fair to them, it needed another couple of rounds of edits which I've since undertaken and dude, it's looking good).

I spent multiple hours of my life on this book, it passes the Bechdel Test and it’s funny and HAS AN ACTUAL DRAGON as well as metaphorical dragons and also there’s quite a lot of magic and a dog called Bean, so I think it deserves to see the light of day. 10-year-old Francesca would have loved reading this book. 23-year-old Francesca loved writing this book. It shouldn’t just sit in a Word document collecting computer dust.

So we're going to DIY this thing, and turn THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES into an ebook and, hopefully, a printed book. I want to do it properly, with ISBNs and a decent cover and a professional proofreader. There’s no reason that ‘self published’ needs to mean ‘shittily published’. I want to commission illustrations from my favourite artists and pay them for it. I want to send copies to those charities that distribute books to disadvantaged children. I want to look back when I’m 106 and say, ‘that was a professional job you did there’.

How we’re doing it:

Between March 2019 and January 2020, I’m sharing a chapter per fortnight from THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES right here, for patrons of all tiers (you can find the chapters on the dragonnovel 2.0 tag).Meanwhile, everyone (yep. you) can read the preface and first three chapters here.

The plan is to have enough money in the bank by the time I’ve finished sharing the book with patrons that I can get an ebook made. There might even be enough money for a print copy, but that’s a stretch goal (see the Goals bit of this page).

As you can see from the Goals, it’s going to take quite a bit of money and time to create an ebook. This is because a) you get what you pay for when buying printing services on the Internet and b) I need money for my actual life as well as this book, so I can do my day jobs less and write the next book sooner (I'm a marketing consultant by day. I charge clients above the living wage but #costofliving).

A Breakdown of Where Your Money Goes
20% Patreon and payout processing fees plus costs associated with creating rewards
40% The Bank of Francesca
40% The fundraising pool for an ebook and print edition of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES

You can read a more detailed breakdown, plus FAQs about how Patreon works, on my website. I also wrote a post on my blog with some more info about the process.

All patrons who pledge for at least one month between now and January 2020 get:

Your name in the thank yous of the ebook of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (and of any print copies if they happen!) plus behind the scenes updates and a bunch of exclusives via Patreon
Early access my short stories
A character named after you in one of my short stories and/or a bigger project
Exclusive pre-order links and/or info for the ebook and any print editions of THE PRINCESS AND THE DRAGON AND OTHER STORIES ABOUT UNLIKELY HEROES (hopefully with cool extras like signed copies, any merch and even a lil discount for you lovely lot). Please note this will be dependent on actually reaching funding goals!

Let's do this thing.

Want to keep up with book progress outside of Patreon? Read my blog (then click the 80 million links to my ridiculous number of social media channels).

Recent posts by Francesca

Francesca has a Special Offer until August 9th
Tiers
A cup of tea
$1 or more per month

You'll get:

  • Exclusive fortnightly chapters of 'The Princess and the Dragon and Other Stories About Unlikely Heroes' (dragonnovel) straight to your inbox
  • Your name in the thank yous of dragonnovel when it's published
  • Early access to short stories
  • Behind the scenes updates for dragonnovel, plus extra content
  •  I'll name a character after you (first name and/or last name and/or psuedonym, your choice) 
  • You'll also get other cool shit that's too long for this post
Tea and Biscuits
$3 or more per month

You'll get: 

  • An ebook/PDF of dragonnovel when it's published (at the very least, it's gonna be a PDF)
  • All lower tier rewards too
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!
Afternoon Tea
$5 or more per month only 23 left

 You'll get: 

  • A lil letter, card or postcard from me every month 
  • All lower tier rewards too
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!
Afternoon Tea with Cocktails
$12 or more per month only 25 left

You'll get: 

  • After 2 months: a cute, patron-exclusive bookmark (one bookmark per year, I'm not made of bookmarks) with your monthly letter
  • After 6 months: a set of my cute, patron-exclusive THANKS FOR UR CASH pencils (one set of 3 pencils per year, I'm not made of pencils) with your monthly letter
  • All lower tier rewards too
  • *No, I will not be giving out actual alcohol
Commission a StorySpecial Offer • 20 days left
I'll write you a story of up to 1,000 words. See https://patreon.com/posts/27159691 for more info!